Where Are They Now: Back to Earth with Sci-Fi KidsBy Brett Singer
What is it about kids and sci-fi that makes for such a tantalizing combination? It could be that some of the more iconic films were directed by Steven Spielberg. "I don't think there's a better director of children. He's amazing with them," says Lester Friedman, chair of the media and society program at Hobart and Williams Smith Colleges and author of Citizen Spielberg. "If you look at Spielberg's films, all of them in essence are about family and reconstructing familyâ€”the children become not objects, but pathways to greater understanding of what it means to be an adult." Here are some of our favorite sci-fi kids who have made their way into adulthood, with or without the help of the supernatural.